Let’s chat about collagen and chunky monkey balls

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Chunky Monkey Balls.

That probably got your attention. Let’s take a step away from the tale of eczema and chat about something else.

What you see here is easy to make hand food. Tasty hand food. Something other than banana bread to make with bananas that have gone past their moment of enjoyability (is that really a word?) on their own. You know the ones I mean, the really ripe, spotty, brown and getting too soft to eat, bananas. Unless you are one of the folks who live in the really ripe banana camp. Then just go ahead and eat them at that stage. Me, I prefer my bananas more to the green side, so once a banana has more than 8-10 little spots, it’s a baking ingredient in my world. 

But, let’s get back to the balls.These little bites are loaded with collagen too.

What is collagen? I’m glad you asked. 

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in every part of our bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. You name it and collagen is an important part of it. 

Why should I care about collagen and why do I want to consume it?

Collagen helps our bodies to move with fluidity by supporting our joints and bones. It helps keep our hair, skin and nails strong and looking radiant and healthy. It can promote bone density as we age, which is a no-brainer especially with all the bone-leaching things we eat and drink, such as cola, alcohol, excessive sugar, salt and coffee. Collagen helps keep our skin, our largest organ, moisturized from within for that glow we all want. You’ve seen people whose skin looks dull and flat. Chances are, they are lacking in proper hydration and are deficient in this protein.

How can I up my collagen intake? 

This can be done many ways. You can make some good old fashioned stock, or bone-broth as it is dubbed in the trendy circles. Pull out your crock pot, add some good quality bones from a reputable farm or butcher shop, water and flavour to your liking. Let it work it’s magic extracting the nutrients from the marrow as it brews all day. No crock pot? Same results achieved stovetop in a large stock pot. Pressure cookers and the Instant Pot give you this healing elixir in a fraction of the time. Use this stock in everything form soup to gravy to strifries. Go hip and just sip it instead of coffee. You can also buy ready made bone broth but read the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce everything, put it back on the shelf and step away. Collagen can also be bought in supplementation form. You can buy it in powders and capsules to make getting it into your body a snap.

I don’t exactly remember how I found Vital Proteins but I’m glad I did. Their collagen dissolves quickly and completely in cold and hot liquids without changing the flavour. We will talk about gelatin and it’s health benefits another day. 

Let’s make some Chunky Monkey Balls now shall we?

  • 1/2 cup ghee or butter
  • 3 really ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Cocoa and Coconut Water Collagen Whey 
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350

Cream together the ghee or butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the bananas, egg and vanilla and mix well. It’s ok if there are still some visible pieces of banana.

In a separate bowl, dry whisk the coconut and almond flours, baking soda, baking powder, collagen powder, cocoa powder, salt and cacao nibs. Yes, I know that you now have another bowl to wash but we want everything evenly distributed in our treats don’t we? Nothing worse than a lump of baking soda in your monkey ball.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet stuff and mix until everything is completely blended. Let the dough sit for a few minutes while you line your cookie sheet with either a silicone mat or parchment paper. This 5 minutes let the flours do their absorbing magic.

Grab your 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and make some balls. These will not spread out during baking, so you can keep them close together on the cookie sheet. Don’t have a cookie scoop? Use a spoon or get messy and roll them by hand.

Bake these little guys for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool on the pan before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store these in the fridge if you don’t eat them all in one day. 

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